Dara S. Berger, PhD, MPH, MS

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact information
PENN Fertility Care
3701 Market Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-349-5202
BA (Biology; minor, Chemistry, Sociology, Sports Medicine)
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2001.
MPH (Division of Public Health)
University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2003.
PhD (Human Genetics)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2006.
MS (Clinical Embryology & Andrology)
Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, 2009.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Oocyte retrieval, insemination, fertilization assessment, morphology grading, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching, embryo transfer, cryopreservation including both oocyte and embryo vitrification, trophectoderm biopsy

Description of Research Expertise

Sequencing, genotyping, haplotype and diplotype analysis, Western blot, histology including immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization, cDNA cloning, ICM biopsy

Selected Publications

Berger DS, Hoff HS: Principals of IVF Laboratory Practice. Cambridge University Press. Markus H.M. Montag and Dean E. Morbeck (eds.). Chapter 27:181-186, May 2017.

Buyuk E, Asemota OA, Merhi Z, Charron MJ, Berger DS, Zapantis A, Jindal SK : Serum and follicular fluid monocyte chemotactic protein-1 levels are elevated in obese women and are associated with poorer clinical pregnancy rate after in vitro fertilization: a pilot study. Fertil Steril 107(3):632-640.e3, March 2017.

Alur-Gupta S, Hopeman M, Berger DS, Barnhar KT, Senapati S, Gracia C: Measuring serum estradiol and progesterone one day prior to frozen embryo transfer improves clinical pregnancy rate. American Society of Reproductive Medicine, San Antonio, TX 2017.

Hopeman M, Alur-Gupta S, Berger DS, Barnhar KT, Senapati S, Gracia C: Natural endometrial preparation vs exogenous hormone supplementation prior to vitrified-warmed blastocyst transfer. American Society of Reproductive Medicine, San Antonio, TX 2017.

Gray JE, Fritz MA, Berger DS: Individual components of a Gardner’s blastocyst grade and a summarized score are predictive of implantation for multiple but not single embryo transfers. American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT 2016.

Crawford NM, Young AM, Boylan CF, Hoff HS, Mersereau JE, Berger DS: Association between progesterone levels on day of trigger and oocyte maturity, embryo quality measures, and IVF cycle outcome. American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT 2016.

Berger DS, Zapantis A, Merhi Z, Younger J, Polotsky AJ, Jindal SK: Embryo quality but not pronuclear score is associated with clinical pregnancy following IVF. J Assist Reprod Genet 31(3):279-83, 2014.

Berger DS, Zapantis A, Jindal S, McAvey B: Unexplained infertility predicts poor trophectoderm score but not implantation rate. American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Boston, MA 2013.

Berger DS, Merhi Z, Hogge WA, Ferrell RE: Mannose binding lectin genotypes are not associated with increased risk of unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss. J Assist Reprod Genet 30(5):723-7, 2013.

Merhi Z, Buyuk E, Berger DS, Zapantis A, Israel DD, Chua S Jr, Jindal S: Leptin suppresses anti-Mullerian hormone gene expression through the JAK2/STAT3 pathway in luteinized granulosa cells of women undergoing IVF. Hum Reprod 28(6):1661-9, 2013.

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